The ButtonWood Gateway Project: A strategy to build on
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County is uniquely situated to invest the power of our brand and reputation in advocating for affordable homes in Berks County. Habitat for Humanity partners with organizations and people in our community to build or improve housing and create a safe and secure place for families to call home. Habitat homeowners help build their homes alongside volunteers and professionals. Habitat families work with our partner banks and secure a home with special mortgage. With community commitment and support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families. The development of viable and safe neighborhoods with quality housing is the fundamental principal of our mission.
Why this Project is Important
Habitat for Humanity of Berks County utilizes resources and hard work to provide safe and affordable housing to moderate-income families. Research has proven that children need a safe home in order to perform better at school. A safe, decent, affordable place to live can make a real difference in the life of a family. According to research, children of homeowners are more likely to finish high school (and twice as likely to graduate from college), and they are 59 percent more likely to become homeowners themselves, starting an upward spiral. By properly educating the youth of the world, they are enabled with the ability to impact society at a higher level. The need for housing in Berks County is at an all-time high, with close to 50,000 households facing problems such as overcrowded homes, inadequate physical necessities (such as running water), and dedicating a large portion of their income on mortgages and associated costs. These factors cause house payments to deplete most of the household income.
Habitat for Humanity homes are sold with no profit received and are built through volunteer labor and donated resources and funds. Homeowners must provide a down payment and make payments on their home; it is not a charity program. Along with the prospective homeowner’s hard work (also known as “sweat equity”), he or she is required to pay back the loan with a 3.5% interest, therefore providing a sense of accomplishment.
- Habitat for Humanity creates community building by bringing neighborhoods together to decrease substandard housing.
- Habitat for Humanity wants all individuals to have a chance at affordable housing.
- The importance of homeownership is the main value that Habitat strives to instill into the community.
- By having families own their own homes, they are granted a sense of self-sufficiency.
- Families build their homes using sweat equity by encouraging them to put time, sweat, and effort into building their new home.
- Homeowners and community members have the opportunity to instill volunteerism in their communities by building with Habitat for Humanity.
Join the movement to build homes for our community and future! For more information, please contact:
Tim Daley, Executive Director
Mike Rodino, Director of Construction
Penny Hummel, Director of Marketing & Development
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